SCOTUS Declines To Hear Case On Maryland’s Rifle Ban

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OAN’s Brooke Mallory
11:24am – Monday, May 20, 2024

The Supreme Court decided Monday not to hear a challenge to a Maryland law banning certain semi-automatic weapons.


As is customary, the court did not go into details about the reasons for the refusal. It would have been unusual for the justices to take up the issue at this point, given that lower courts are still considering the issue.

Additionally, a similar Illinois law, which is also the subject of an appeal to the Supreme Court, could further address the issue, although the Supreme Court took no action on that specific case on Monday. .

Maryland gun rights groups and other plaintiffs argue that semiautomatic rifles such as AR-15s are among the most widely used firearms in the United States, and banning them violates the Second Amendment. Then he claimed. This argument has been strengthened in light of a landmark Supreme Court decision expanding gun rights in 2022. The ruling overturned state and federal gun laws and changed the standard for determining constitutionality.

However, the Maryland Attorney General cited examples of this type of firearm being used in mass shootings. The country argued that these were “extremely dangerous military” weapons and should be banned.

The justices rejected a second challenge to the bill in 2017, before the court’s current conservative majority was established. However, after handing down the 2022 ruling, the current bench of high court judges directed lower courts to reconsider the bill in five years.

On the other hand, 4th While the Circuit Court of Appeals continues to hear the case, Maryland argued that lower courts should have the authority to rule before any future action by the Supreme Court. The plaintiffs, meanwhile, argued that the appellate court took too long, citing the unusual case in which the case was transferred from a three-judge panel to the entire circuit court.

Brady, a gun control group that tracks gun control trends, reported that 10 states and the District of Columbia currently have laws commonly referred to as assault weapons bans.

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